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Bill Radke

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Year started with KUOW: 1985 – 1986, 1991 – 2004, 2012 

Bill hosts The Record and Week In Review. After starting with KUOW as a University of Washington student in 1985, Bill was KUOW's morning host in the '90s and the creator of past show, Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. 

Bill moved away to Southern California to host American Public Media's Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report and returned to KUOW in 2012.

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Rep. Rick Larsen speaks to the Everett (Wash.) Rotary in the Grand Vista Ballroom of Naval Station Everett in late August 2011.
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Bill Radke talks to Congressman Rick Larsen, who broke with fellow Democrats yesterday to vote for a partial rollback of Dodd-Frank banking regulations. The regulations were originally put in place after the Great recession, to help stop the banking abuses that contributed to the recession. No other Washington state Democrat voted in favor of the rollback, but all the state's Republicans did.

Facial recognition software has the potential to transform our surveillance ability: for better or for worse.
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So you're walking down the street - probably not making eye contact with anyone, if you're from Seattle. But with Amazon's help, even if you're not looking at anyone, law enforcement might be looking at you.


Marco Collins, Bill Radke and Karen Mason-Blair at KUOW
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Pearl Jam is coming to Safeco Field this summer. Ichiro is back with the Mariners. Sea-Tac Airport plays a message from Sir Mix-A-Lot. Is it fair to say that Seattle can't get over the 90s? We look at a Seattle Met article that asks, "Why can't Seattle quit the '90s?" Who are the city's cultural icons of today?

Bill Radke asks Seattle DJ Marco Collins and grunge photographer Karen Mason Blair. Also restaurateur Tom Douglas joins us to weigh in on his position as an icon of the 1990s.

The cougar who killed SJ Brooks while they were mountain biking over the weekend.
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Two Seattle residents were biking near the Cascade foothills this weekend when a cougar attacked them. 

Supreme Court SCOTUS
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The Notorious RBG was likely wearing her dissent collar this morning, as she issued a scathing rebuttal to the majority decision in today's case. At issue? A 5-4 ruling that upheld the ability of employers to force employees into individual arbitration. 


An adult mountain lion
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Bill Radke recaps the biggest stories of the weekend, including the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the cougar attack in Washington, and why pop songs are getting sadder. Our panelists include Leah Baltus, editor in chief of City Arts magazine and John Roderick, singer and guitarist of The Long Winters.

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Pluto has long been misunderstood. In 2006 it was declared 'not a planet.' A decision planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern calls B.S. (bad science).

Sara Rankin, director of Seattle University's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

One big question people have asked in the conversation about homelessness and affordability is: can we trust the city to spend this money effectively?


Marie and Grace share a moment in the film, Always.
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Angela DiMarco never intended to make a public film about the loss of her son. It started as a small project to help her grieve.

But her short film, "Always," is now premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival. It follows a husband and wife, struggling after the loss of their daughter. It captures shades of DiMarco's own experience, who lost her son during pregnancy.

"Always" will be screening on Monday, May 28, 2018 

Cartoonist and speaker Vishavjit Singh.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

After 9/11, Vishavjit Singh experienced an uptick in discrimination. "Al Qaeda," people hissed as he passed them on the street.

"Terrorist."

"Go back to your country."

In this Oct. 5, 2009, a driver goes past a large condominium under construction in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
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Bill Radke looks at the debate over changing Seattle's zoning laws to allow for more apartments, condos and town homes, and fewer single-family houses. We're joined by Susanna Lin, a board member of Seattle Fair Growth, and Roger Valdez, director of Seattle For Growth.

Seattle Mariners play at the Baltimore Orioles in 2013.
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Bill Radke talks to Tim Elfrink, managing editor of the Miami New Times, about performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball, after Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended for half a season for violating the MLB's drug policy. Elfrink broke the story of baseball's last big steroid scandal -- a South Florida wellness clinic that was supplying human growth hormone to major leaguers.

Economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

'If you can't explain the economy in a language young people can understand, you are clueless yourself.'

So says former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, whose book "Talking to My Daugher About the Economy" is a testament to his own mastery of the subject. 

Caitlin Lee raises a Tax Amazon sign in front of Seattle City Council members on Monday, May 14, 2018, during a head tax vote at City Hall in Seattle.
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Bill Radke talks about what the compromise head tax means for Seattle with KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph. We also talk to Todd Biesold, owner and CFO of Merlino Foods, about how the head tax will affect his business.

Seattleites packed a City Hall meeting on Monday, where a vote on the contentious head tax was expected.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

A compromise has been struck over the controversial proposed Head Tax by the Seattle City Council. Over the weekend Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez worked with Mayor Jenny Durkan to come up with a plan they could both support. The new plan would raise an estimated $50 million a year instead of the original $75 million.

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Bill Radke talks to our panel about a New York Times opinion piece that argues liberals aren't as smart as they think. We also look at the state's sports gambling laws and why Mother's Day should be expanded beyond just mothers. Our guests are Wilfred Padua, a Seattle comedian, and food writer Angela Garbes, whose new book is, "Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy."

Scents and sensibility. Noses illustration.
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Several weeks ago at KUOW, one of our colleagues placed anonymous notes in our work mailboxes. We used to have a scent-free policy, this person wrote. What would it take to bring that back?


KUOW photo/Amina Al-Sadi

We've heard the jokes on late night about President Donald Trump taking on dictator-like qualities. But what is comedy really like under an authoritarian regime?

File: Mount Baker
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Have you been watching the videos from Hawaii — molten lava eating up telephone poles and cars — and then turning towards that big range of volcanoes we have in our own backyard?

Could that happen here? We talk to Seth Moran, scientist-in-charge at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, to see if we should live in fear of Baker, Rainier, St. Helens...

A group of people jog across Lenora Street, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in front of Amazon's biodomes, in Seattle.
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Would a tax credit that encourages businesses to donate to social services be more effective in solving the city's affordability and homelessness crisis than a new head tax?

Bill Radke talks to Saul Spady, president of Cre8ive Empowerment (and grandson of Dick's Drive-In co-founder Dick Spady) about why he and other area business owners are against the proposed Seattle employee head tax.

Resat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Wasington.
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Bill Radke talks to Resat Kasaba, head of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, about President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement.

Jeff Bezos speaks at the Apollo rocket engine unveiling at The Museum of Flight, showing the injector plate from an F-1 rocket used on Apollo 12.
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Bill Radke discusses the stories that had people buzzing over the weekend, from a tweet by Jeff Bezos, to the new single from Childish Gambino. Our guests are Valerie Curtis-Newton, professor in acting and directing and head of performance at the University of Washington School of Drama, and Seattle politics blogger Mellina White Cusack, of The Seattle Conservative.

The DNA molecule is elegant, personal, and can give away a lot more secrets than it lets on.
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The Golden State Killer’s arrest last week brought closure to victims and community members affected by a ten year spree of rapes and murder. The trail went cold in 1986, and it stayed that way until the FBI made a fake profile for the killer on a genealogy website. They used this to trace 500 partial matches, screen for 100 potential matches, and eventually narrow down to former police officer Joseph DeAngelo.

Homes in Queen Anne are shown from the Space Needle in November in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks about the lawsuit against the city over the recently passed ordinance that prohibits landlords from screening some rental applicants based on their criminal background. William Shadbolt, president of the board of the Rental Housing Association of Washington explains why they're suing. Seattle City Councilor Lisa Herbold tells us why she supports the ordinance and co-sponsored it. In a statement, the city's Attorney's Office says, "Our office is currently reviewing the complaint, which we received on Tuesday.  We believe the ordinance is constitutional and plan to defend it."

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Bill Radke talks to actor Alan Cumming about home, becoming American, identity and learning to let go.

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In the next couple of years the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be torn down and the Seattle waterfront will open up in a whole new way. Gone will be the elevated highway that separates Pike Place Market from the Ferris wheel and aquarium. In its place will be a new, large, waterfront park. But who should pay for that park? The property owners who live around it? Or all the people who will be benefiting from the new public space? 

McMorris Rodgers speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.
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Bill Radke speaks to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers about #MeToo, her push to get more women in the U.S. House, and her legislation to protect the Columbia and Snake River dams. She spoke with us from Eastern Washington.

Rebecca Soffer and Gabi Birkner, cofounders of the Modern Loss website and coauthors of the eponymous book.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

How are you?

If you’ve lost a loved one, that may have conjured up memories of a heavy hand on your shoulder, a precisely angled head tilt, a Hallmark card with tulips in all white.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA).
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Bill Radke talks to Congresswoman Suzan DelBene about immigration, the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and the upcoming midterm elections.

Clipper race Visit Seattle team leads parade of sail.
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Bill Radke talks to Shannon Dean, a Seattle nurse and sailor in the "Clipper Round the World Yacht Race." Dean was docked in Seattle over the weekend, after a 10-month trip from Liverpool, England. Next, she heads to Panama, before eventually making it back to the U.K.

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